Morton Feldman

1926 (New York) – 1987 (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Cage and Feldman, who met at a Webern concert, had a close and mutually-significant friendship. Cage introduced him to his painter friends (for five years, the two spent from 6pm to 3am daily talking in the Cedar Bar). He learned a vital lesson walking with Varèse, and studied argumentatively with Wolpe. Guston was his closest friend for two decades, Rauschenberg sold him a painting for $16, and Beckett saw in him the right composer to add music to his texts. As Wolpe advised him of the man in the street’s importance, Feldman happened to look down; crossing the road was Pollock.

Morton Feldman knew…